The National Insitute for Animal Agriculture's (NIAA) annual conferences address important issues facing food producers and the industries, agencies and organizations supporting them.

This year’s conference, scheduled for April 3-6 in Columbus, Ohio, will focus on understanding the challenges of the globalization of food production. This year's theme, "US Animal Agriculture’s Future Role in World Food Production:  Obstacles & Opportunities," goes beyond the implications of import and export, trade negotiations and political concerns, to include how animals are treated and resources are used world-wide.

“The National Institute for Animal Agriculture can be counted on for level headed, timely, technical leadership on concerns to both consumers and producers and their impact on their day-to-day lives,” says John Saunders, CEO & Chairman of Where Food Comes From, Inc., and Chair of the NIAA 2017 annual conference planning committee.

The April meeting will feature discussions and presentations recognizing that disease traceability, feed issues, hormone and antibiotic use, GMO's, animal welfare, and sustainability influence world herd health, while market-driven value added programs and financial trends impact productivity here at home.

Following the conference, an added day (April 6) will feature a workshop themed “Animal Care Standards – How Laws, Company Commitments, and Public Perception Have Changed the Landscape” which will concentrate on animal welfare and well-being, with presentations and panel discussions on standards, legislation, and a vision to the future.

The NIAA annual conference will be held at the Renaissance Columbus Hotel Downtown, Columbus, OH. An Ag Tour of area industries will be available as a pre-conference tour on April 3rd.  NIAA Species Committees, Issues Councils and Leadership meetings will also be highlighted.  For registration, agenda information and speakers, go to the NIAA website, www.animalagriculture.org.